2019, Cilt 6, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 205-210
Medication Administration Errors and Nursing Interventions in Newborns
Emine BAYAR1, Ebru KILIÇARSLAN TÖRÜNER2
1Hemşire, Gazi Üniversitesi Sağlık Araştırma ve Uygulama Merkezi -Yenidoğan Yoğun Bakım Ünitesi Ankara/TÜRKİYE
2Doç. Dr., Gazi Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Hemşirelik Bölümü Ankara, Türkiye
Keywords: Medication errors, neonatal nursing, newborn, patient safety

Newborns constitute a significant percentage of the world's population. One of the factors affecting mortality rates and patient safety of newborns is administration errors in health field. Medication administration errors are in the first place. Special dose drug protocols, effectiveness, pharmacokinetics and dynamic of the drugs in newborns pave the way for medication errors. Additionally, physiological maturation and limitation of the communication increase the exposure to medication errors. The main reasons of medication errors are miscalculation of doses and administration at the wrong time. The most common drug types causing errors are antibiotics and analgesics. As a result of medication errors, approximately 1% of permanent damage and death can be seen. It is recommended to use integrated automation systems to reduce medication administration errors and to ensure safe drug delivery. Nurses have crucial role in detecting and preventing errors in order to reduce risks during medication administration process in newborns and children. Safe medication administration will increase physical, emotional and social well-being of newborns. The purpose of this review is to provide a general overview for medication error types in newborns, its causes, problems arising from these errors and prevention of medication administration errors.